Food Facts & Lore, Monday Magazine

The Monday Mag – Mar 7, 2016

In This Edition Of Our Weekly Magazine:

  • Eggs Staring Back At Ya?
  • Carrot Shaped Pizza Bites
  • “Amuse-Gueule”, Say You?

Our Favorite Quote Of The Week – “There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.” – Logan Pearsall Smith

fresh eggs

Eggs Staring Back At Ya? – In what order do you remove the eggs from the carton? More importantly, do you rearrange them when only a few are left? Rest assured, you are not alone. It is estimated that every single person who has ever handled eggs from a carton, regardless of age, gender or nationality, has had the irresistible urge to rearrange the pecking order, so to speak, as fewer and fewer eggs remain. Some might argue OCD is the cause. However, many argue that this is merely a sign of a normally wired and anciently programmed brain. We simply cannot resist organizing what we see. In fact, this is what we do mentally, thousands of times a day and without even realizing it. It is most evident every time related objects we can count come into sight. Incidentally, what is YOUR right answer? 1, 2, 3 or 4?

carrot pizza

Carrot Shaped Pizza Bites – Make sure you drop by JPD for a large pizza the Sunday before Easter. Just ask and we’ll throw in a FREE small cheese pizza. You’ll need it for a playful and colorful snack that will put a smile on faces. Warning: kids who don’t like veggies might not resist. Freeze or refrigerate it in the meantime (depending on when you plan to use it). You will be serving it cold. Slice in narrow wedges. Top with shredded carrot, leaving a band of cheese before the crust. Gently press down into cheese. “Plant” small broccoli flowerets in the cheese against the crust. You may also use green pepper sticks or parsley sprigs. Serve along with other Easter-themed amuses-gueules.


“Amuse-Gueule”, Say You? – As you have already guessed, this is what the French say when they are talking about appetizers. Interestingly though, while the English word “Appetizer” refers to an invitation to awaken the appetite, “amuse-gueule” speaks a bit more directly to the senses and to carefree playfulness. You already understand the meaning of “Amuse”. Gueule is a sort of vernacular for mouth. It is generally used to refer to an animal’s mouth, but when speaking of humans and our love of good food, it acknowledges the free spirited epicure at heart.


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